The FAA Pilot license conversion process is fairly simple but can take a few months. Here’s a quick overview of the steps involved:
Get a Foreign License Verification letter
The FAA website explains the different steps to convert your ICAO license to a Private Pilot license. Visit https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/ for more information.
Warning: this process can be lengthy, be sure to start it early.
Although you are completing an FAA license conversion, you will need to complete your instrument rating with an examiner. You will also need to apply for TSA clearance before starting this training. This guide provides great information regarding the process. Here is an overview of the steps involved:
- Create an account and apply for training at: http://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/
- The flight school will approve your request
- TSA will email you with a request to pay an application fee
- TSA will review your application and send fingerprinting instructions
- Fingerprinting is done upon arrival in Prescott, AZ
- TSA will review fingerprints and issue a final approval
Be sure to start this process BEFORE arriving in the US. Step 1 through 4 can be completed prior to arrival, which will save a lot of time and money. Note that you cannot start flight training until TSA issues a final approval.
You will also need to receive an M-1 visa for your training. Our team is ready to help you. The visa process is simple:
- Visit the Admission page to download our application form
- We will send you an I-2o form via overnight shipping
- Make an appointment to an American Embassy in your country
- Receive your M1 visa
DO NOT book your airplane ticket until you have an M1 visa and a Letter of Verification from the FAA.
Tell us more about you
If you own an ICAO Commercial Pilot license and are looking to get an FAA Commercial Pilot license, please fill out the form below. We will send you a personalized quote and get you started quickly.
Before filling out this section, be sure to read it completely and research in the information in your logbook. If you take too long, your request might time-out and you will have to start again.